Lifting spirits is his specialty

Whether it’s cracking jokes or serving up a friendly greeting, volunteer Brian Mason is known for his ability to lift people’s spirits at the East Pasco Family YMCA in Zephyrhills. His jovial demeanor and friendly approach draws attention — so much so that Mason was named the local branch’s “Volunteer of the Year” for the second straight year. The 50-year-old Land O’ Lakes resident has … [Read more...]

Enjoy Land O’ Lakes music jams

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park will be the gathering place for the annual Land O’ Lakes Music Festival. A lineup of bands is set to perform on the stage at the park, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce is hosting the concert, set for March 21, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The gate opens at 3:30 p.m. Patrons … [Read more...]

Objections continue to proposed townhomes

Residents living near Lake Thomas continue to oppose an increase in the density of development in their Land O’ Lakes community. A proposed land use change would increase the maximum density from three dwellings per acre to six dwellings per acre, on a 42-acre site, on the west side of U.S. 41 about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff. The Pasco County Commission signaled its support for the … [Read more...]

Planting the seeds of sustainable living

Pasco County is pursuing a vision that’s aimed at giving people more opportunities to grow their own food, to learn the ins and outs of gardening, and to bring young and old together for a variety of activities. A celebration was held recently at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., to unveil a new “Food for All” mural and to offer tours of a new community garden. Dr. … [Read more...]

U.S. 41 getting new look and feel

Portions of U.S. 41 soon will be repaved, or will have new landscaping, on the corridor, which runs through Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. In Land O’ Lakes, resurfacing will be done on U.S. 41, to give motorists a smoother ride between Ehren Cutoff and Caliente Boulevard. Repaving began last summer and includes both sides of the four-lane stretch – divided by a median. The $2.5-million … [Read more...]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning for a 27-home subdivision, at the northwest intersection of Bell Lake and Alpine roads. The site for the proposed subdivision is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The approval will allow houses with a minimum of 40-foot-wide lots to be built on the 9.5-acre site. The board’s vote, at its Feb. 4 meeting, was the second time … [Read more...]

Neighbors battle townhomes near Lake Thomas

Residents living near Lake Thomas are fighting a proposed townhome project, on approximately 42 acres, on the west side of U.S. 41, about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff, in Land O’ Lakes. Barbara Wilhite, an attorney representing the applicant, appeared at the Jan. 23 Pasco County Planning Commission hearing, seeking a change to the county’s land use plan to increase the potential density … [Read more...]

Bell Lake rezoning back on agenda

An error in a notice for a rezoning has prompted a new hearing on the request. The Pasco County Commission, at its Jan. 7 hearing, approved a rezoning for a new subdivision for 27 detached residences on about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The vote was 4-0, with Commissioner Jack Mariano absent. However, it turns out that an error … [Read more...]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

Update: Because of an error in the notice for this rezoning, a new zoning hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m., at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave., in Dade City. A new subdivision for 27 detached residences has been approved on a site of about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The site is about 1 … [Read more...]

Pasco announces bus Route 41 service changes

Pasco County Public Transportation has changed services on Route 41 in Land O’ Lakes. The changes, which took effect on Jan. 6, are based on ridership, according to a news release. Here are the changes, in a nutshell: An hourly service is being added to the Central Boulevard/Pasco Utilities complex. Service is ending along Collier Parkway and along the State Road 54 corridor to … [Read more...]